About your Search

20130101
20130131
Search Results 0 to 11 of about 12
, are generally considered off-limits. ron, what do you make of this nra ad? >> they really blew it. this is an organization that has a lot of power and a lot of credibility and has a legitimate purpose in our society to protect the second amendment but why would you put out an ad like that that is false? the president is not opposed to security in the schools. he does not -- in fact, we have a lot of schools in this country that already have security. he just doesn't think that arming guards in schools is the only answer to cracking down on school shooting. it's just a cringe-worthy exploitive ad that undermines the nra, undermines the cause and frankly, if you are a second amendment supporter, a gun advocate, i would think you feel ill-served by your organization this morning. >> they're taking a lot of heat over it. ten minutes ago we got a statement from the nra defending this ad, saying in part whoever thinks the ad is about president obama's daughters are missing the point completely or they're trying to change the subject. this ad is about keeping our children safe. it goes o
done by the vice president, incredible courage by the president. >> but the nra vows the fight of the century and republicans strongly condemn the president's ideas. senator blunt said, he's attempting to restrict the second amendment rights of law abiding americans. congressman scalise, any attempt by president obama to take away gun rights will meet strong opposition in congress. it was senator rand paul who went the farthest. >> our founding fathers were very concerned about having a separation of powers, they didn't want to let the president become a king. i'm afraid that president obama may have this king complex sort of developing and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen. >> i want to bring in the political report for the washington post and editor of citizen jane politics and contribute for to the daily beast. let's start with the campaign push for this because we did see it work to help raise taxes on the rich. what does the president need to do this time around, do you think, patricia? >> i think he really needs to change the dynamic of what senators and con
for the nra in nearly two decades yesterday and this morning its president told matt lauer he was not pleased about how it went. >> we have a profound disagreement with this administration. first of all on what would make a difference. we don't think a ban on so-called assault weapons which hasn't worked in the past will work this time. >> one of the major pieces the vice president appears to be focused on is not the assault weapons ban but background checks. >> there's a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. not just close the gun show loophole but total universal background checks, including private sales. >> and the "washington post" reports today the white house is at least considering an nra proposal to fund police in schools, that's something now being pushed by democratic senator barbara boxer. i want to bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and ryan grim. good to see you both. >> good morning. >> the nra said and i'm quoting here, we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our chi
and very polarizing figures. wayne lapierre, chief executive officer of the nra and mark kelly, married to former congresswoman gabby giffords and leading the fight for gun control. we learned that gabby giffords will testify. i want to bring in managing editor of the grio. gabby dif fords tweeted, heading to senate for hearing on gun violence, thanks to senator leahy and chuck grassley for starting this conversation. i'm wondering if you think the voice of gabby gifford, she has an emotional story and she knows these folks. how influential can she be in this? >> she has tremendous moral authority on this issue as did the families from newtown. i think having people like her being a part of this conversation, it only adds to the pressure on republicans to give something. i think the only outcome that seems impossible is that absolutely nothing would be done. because you have a con fluance of events. you add the outrage of it happening to children, so i can't imagine that nothing would be done. >> we see wayne lapierre in that group of people. i think as i was giving this some thought th
. >> meantime, that controversial nra ad that cites the obama children gets four pinnoccios from the washington post. and it didn't fair any better with governor chris christie. >> to use that somehow, to make a political point i think is reprehensible. i think it's awful to bring public figures' children into the political debate. they don't deserve to be there. and i think for any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe. >> let's bring in republican strategist and former santorum -- good morning, gentlemen, happy friday. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> it's not just chris christie, there's a new poll that shows 38% of a favorable view of the nra, its positions seemingly often at odds. not just with all americans, but, for example, 70% support a national data base to track gun sales, john. is the nra's influence waning? >> well, i'm not sure. i think that certainly they still have popularity. i think people still believe in what they do, but i've got to tell you, i've got to join with governor christie. i make ads for a living. i've been doing it for 20 years
'll meet with advocates for sportsmen and gun ownership groups. we're also told the nra will be a part of these meetings. more meetings are expected down the road with representatives from hollywood and game industry. "the washington post" reports the vice president's plan is designed to be big, comprehensive. new jersey's governor chris christie says that's the only way to get it passed. >> if it was comprehensive, if it was comprehensive, there's no doubt in my mind that we could come to an area of compromise. but it's got to be comprehensive. and if it isn't, then you're not -- you're going to have the same kind of good luck in washington you've had all along. >> biden is hashing out a plan on the national level, there's move on the state level, too. this afternoon, new york governor and drew cuomo will propose one of the country's strictest bans on assault weapons for this state. in connecticut governor dan malloy announced 16 councils looking at gun safety and gun violence prevention. leather bring in jackie kucinich and "washington post" journalist david millbane. >> good morning
against gun manufacturers and was a huge handout to the nra. that bill only passed because donald rumsfeld's pentagon weigh ed in and said the pentagon need this had to protect the gun industry. what chuck hagel can do is help undo the damage the pentagon has done by pushing through a new memorandum that would say this really isn't something that the pentagon wants. obama will need his whole cabinet onboard to get this done. chuck hagel is someone we don't think about who could be a leader on gun control but could be instrumental in making sure gun control is something that happens. >> what would be the net effect of a memorandum like that? >> it would be a huge step forward for the pentagon in undoing what i call the unholy alliance between the pentagon and the nra. when this bill was passed wayne lapierre came out and said this is one of the biggest pro-gun legislation accomplishments in 20 years, and he was right. it did a huge amount of damage, the abilities of cities and straights across the country to hold gun companies accountable. if hagel goes forward and says, look, what the pent
. and that is this meeting between joe biden and among others, the nra. congressman, this meeting also with hollywood, the video game industry, how important is it? >> it's so important. i never once thought that the churches and the synagogues and the american people were prepared to take on the nra. they are so unbelievably powerful on the hill. but now with the president bringing in the swinging joe biden, would assume many with bloomberg just waiting to get up to bat. >> and your friend, governor cuomo, did you hear him yesterday. >> exactly. >> let me play a clip from his state of the state address yesterday. >> i say to you forget the extremists. it's simple. no one hunts with an assault rifle. no one needs ten bullets to kill a deer and too many innocent people have died already. [ applause ] >> there are two perspectives on statements like that. one is it's very important for somebody who's high-profile to get out there, to set the example. the other is, he's a liberal democrat. he's in a state that already has tough gun control laws and essentially it doesn't mean that much. what do you thin
and that emotional momentum may have slowed a little bit. we also see the nra. they're very powerful. still powerful. and they have a lot of allies in congress, not just among the republicans, but also with some democrats. the new senator from north dakota who was out over the weekend certainly doesn't seem open to a lot of these proposals. so it's going to be a legislative challenge for the white house to push forward whatever proposals they develop and get those passed in congress. >> are there people in the house and senate who have sort of cred on both sides they think they can use. we have heard a number of gun owners, people who have ratings with the nra saying things like you don't need an assault weapon to go duck hunting. >> you know, there are some. i think we're going to see them emerge and play sort of a leadership role once these proposals are developed. the president himself is going to try to make a public relations push to generate public support out in the country for these proposals. the white house is talking with some people who are advisers to michael bloomberg, the mayor of new
to that nra news conference where wayne lapierre called for armed officers in every school? >> i think that's ridiculous. several of my friends are teachers and have enough responsibilities as it is. they are supposed to be teaching. they are not supposed to be armed guards. you know, they don't have the training for that. and i think it's ridiculous and will cause fear for the children and teachers if armed guards are brought in. to me it's ridiculous. >> one of the things that really struck me the most when i was in aurora was the number of people who i talked to who had been involved in columbine so many years before, almost a dozen years before and they were system waiting. and many of them still active in these organizations. do you think this is something that will become a cause of yours for life? what is your plan going forward in memory, i'm sure of christina? >> well, i'm going to make sure that christina taylor did not die in vain and the thousands of other young people and children that have died in the past. i'm in this for the long haul. i'm seriously -- and maybe i'm wrong, b
and -- >> strategically, a parallel has been drawn between the passion of gun activists and the nra and activist abortion groups. let me read to you from politico. susan b. anthony list, americans united for life and concerned women for america have brought on board a new generation of younger anti-abortion activists who are media-savvy, skilled at fund-raising and able to extend the reach of the movement deep into state houses and on ballots nationwide. so we don't have a lot of time left, but what's the strategy on the other side, on your side? >> the strategy on our side is what it has been all along, which is to educate, inform and organize and mobilize people at the grassroots who understand that reproductive freedom and choice is a fundamental right of women and that women's rights are human rights and we have to always be vigilant and fight against those who would take away that right. and i think, you know, when i became president of the organization in 1984-85, the passion was on the anti-abortion side. i think this last election in 2012 shows that the country has moved to understand that reprod
'm wondering, ryan is this because they live in those gun states, they fear the nra? tell us about the difficulties of getting some people like harry reid on board. >> right. it's because they understand the politics of guns. the problem for gun control advocates has never been broad popularity. a majority of people generally support gun control. they support an assault weapons ban. you showed those polls. there's broad support for these kinds of things. the problem isn't intensity. people who support an assault weapons ban don't -- in the past have not voted on their support of an assault weapons ban. you know, they would say that, yes, given the choice between having a ban and not having one, i prefer to have one. but candidates know it's not going to cost them which way they go. however, people who oppose an assault weapons ban or support, you know, all of these bevy of gun rights, a lot of those people do vote. even if it's a vanishingly small part of the electorate that is passionate about this, if it actually moves votes, then for somebody like manchin or reid who reid keeps
Search Results 0 to 11 of about 12